Tempe police speak at a press conference to address the accident where a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian. In this file photo taken in 2016, pilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PHOENIX -- The operator behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber vehicle that hit and killed a 49-year-old woman Sunday night had served almost four years in an Arizona prison in the early 2000s on an attempted armed robbery conviction. A representative for Uber declined to comment on the conviction and the company's hiring policies, citing an active investigation. Elaine Herzberg was walking a bike across a street outside a crosswalk in Tempe, Ariz., at about 10 p.m. when she was hit, police said.
At Harvard 2017 commencement speech, Mark Zuckerberg said he wants to "explore ideas like universal basic income." Mark Zuckerberg is talking up universal basic income -- the guaranteed distribution of cash stipends to cover basic expenses -- as a possible new safety net as technology automates more jobs, putting more people out of work. SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Zuckerberg is talking up universal basic income -- the guaranteed distribution of cash stipends to cover basic expenses -- as a possible new safety net as technology automates more jobs, putting more people out of work. In a Facebook post about a trip this week to Alaska with wife Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO praised the state's Permanent Fund, which pools the state's oil revenue and pays out cash dividends to eligible Alaskans.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple wants to make AR a reality. Three weeks after it unveiled ARKit, a new augmented reality developer kit that would help Apple app developers integrate this technology that overlays digital images on the physical world, and Apple CEO Tim Cook singed its praises, the company has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, a German developer of eye-tracking movement technology. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," the company said in an email statement. Longtime Apple analyst Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, believes the company could leverage AR for use in the home improvement and real estate industries.
German automaker BMW Group and U.S. tech giant Intel strengthened their self-driving car alliance with the addition of auto supplier Delphi, putting the companies a step closer to their goal of delivering an autonomous car by 2021. BMW and Intel said Tuesday that they had struck a deal to collaborate with Delphi on development and integration of self-driving car technology, with a particular emphasis "in the areas of perception, sensor fusion and high performance automated driving computing." The alliance comes after Delphi recently announced plans to split into two companies, with one focused on electrical systems for self-driving cars and the second focused on powertrains. But after Intel recently announced plans to acquire self-driving car tech powerhouse Mobileyefor $15 billion, the BMW-Intel-Delphi alliance can make a case for industry leadership.
Intel announced Monday it will acquire Mobileye in a deal worth about $15 billion, as the tech giant makes a deeper push into the growing self-driving vehicle market. In a statement, Intel says it plans to acquire Mobileye for $63.54 per share in cash. Intel says the deal will help accelerate innovation in the self-driving vehicle market, forecast to reach $70 billion by 2030. However, Intel is part of a crowded field of tech companies and automakers seeking to get their autonomous vehicles and self-driving systems on the road.